Archive for April, 2012


The International Energy Agency says that significant temperature increases are likely in the coming decades (BBC).

Ford’s electric Focus is the first of its kind to have the same powertrain as a gas-powered car (LA Times).

The British prime minister says green energy will be cheaper in the coming years (BBC).

A new book takes an in-depth look at ExxonMobil (NY Times).

Flooding helped increase the growth of invasive species (Washington Post).

Brazil passes a controversial forest law (BBC).

 

A BP engineer faces criminal charges (Washington Post).

Extreme weather poses an increased threat, a study finds (NY Times).

Earth’s glaciers are out of balance (BBC).

Consumption levels and population growth are unsustainable, a report says (BBC).

Public opinion is split on eliminating energy subsidies (LA Times).

Indian artifacts complicate a solar project (LA Times).

Does sustainable seafood live up to the hype? (Washington Post).

Earlier this month – amid the usual useless mail – I received a copy of War and Peace. Or at least that’s what it must be right? Otherwise, why would I get more than 700 pages of high glossy 8×10 paper? Oh wait – that was Restoration Hardware’s outrageous spring catalog. I think they want me to buy a chair or something.

But it wasnt just one catalog, it was 4 different ones – all from Restoration Hardware. Thr largest – labeled Spring 2012 came in at 0.8″ thick and 9.5×11″ and was 654 glossy pages long. Another catalog tabbed Outdoor 2012 was 0.4″ thick and the same 9.5×11″ and was 282 pages. Then there was a 15% off coupon in the form of a 9.5×11″ sheet that holds one small card. And it all ends with a Special Issue that came in at 48 pages long. You know the kicker on the 48-page catalog? All the pages are in the 654 main catalog which I DIDN’T WANT TO BEGIN WITH!

I’m not the only one who raised an eyebrow to this, consumers are fed up! I understand catalogs are necessary for some stores to sell products, but this is over-the-top and will likely cause Restoration Hardware to lose more customers than an ordinary 100-page catalog would.

 

Mexico is about to put climate targets into law (BBC).

Cloud computing has a major carbon footprint, a report says (Washington Post).

India’s having trouble getting enough power (NY Times).

Two years after the BP spill, offshore drilling risks remain (Washington Post).

Environmentalists are now unhappy with Germany’s nuclear phaseout (LA Times).

A Pennsylvania law on fracking chemicals puts doctors in a tough spot (LA Times).

Carbon capture and storage is viable, but needs government support, a UK report says (BBC).

An LED light bulb goes on sale- for $60 (BBC).

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The EPA issues regulations concerning pollution at fracking sites (LA Times), though their effect will be delayed (Washington Post).

Congress fell short on the Gulf oil spill response, a report says (LA Times).

U.S. fuel consumption is on the decline (Washington Post).

An Oregon port contemplates coal shipments (NY Times).

Join Lights Out, Green In on Earth Day this year at the Pawtucket SpringTime Farmers Market from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. This Earth Day, Lights Out, Green In will sell discounted T-shirts to support the environment. Pay $5 and get a shortsleeve Lights Out, Green In T-shirt! All the money goes to buying energy-saving bulbs for low-income residents! And don’t forget to sign up for the pledge to turn out your lights from 11-1 every day and use natural light and ambient light. Don’t miss Lights Out, Green In on Earth Day at 1005 Main Street in the Hope Artiste Village.

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Storm clouds are continuing to gather over Tennessee’s decision that allows climate change denial to be taught in schools (Reuters). In California, a recent study looks at how climate change will affect trees - HINT, it’s not good (NPR). Another study looks at the ups and downs that climate change will have on the Great Barrier Reef (Aussie ABC).

Finally, India is balking over Europe’s insistence on carbon fees for flights that fly over the continent. At least Europe is still leading the way on climate change (NYT).

Tennessee became the first state in the country to allow creationism and climate change denial to both be taught as a law into effect yesterday.

Tennessee enacted a law Tuesday that critics contend allows public school teachers to challenge climate change and evolution in their classrooms without fear of sanction.
Republican Gov. Bill Haslam allowed the controversial measure to become law without his signature and, in a statement, expressed misgivings about it. Nevertheless, he ignored pleas from educators, parents and civil libertarians to veto the bill.
The law does not require the teaching of alternatives to scientific theories of evolution, climate change and “the chemical origins of life.” Instead, it aims to prevent school administrators from reining in teachers who expound on alternative hypotheses to those topics.

It gets a little dicey when you start dictating what can and can’t be taught in classrooms, but climate change denial has little place in the classroom unless it’s as a way of teaching the scientific method to disprove climate change denial. But – of course – you can’t monitor every classroom and so there remains a chance that kids might not get taught the greenhouse gas effect and all the statistics that point to greenhouse gases as the cause behind the rapid warming of the globe. That would be a shame. If all the facts are laid out, I’m sure most kids would side with the climate change theory – but we can’t be sure all the facts will be taught.

As expected, scientists are up in arms that children might be miseducated.

“Telling students that evolution and climate change are scientifically controversial is miseducating them,” said the National Center for Science Education’s executive director, Eugenie C. Scott. “Good science teachers know that. But the Tennessee legislature has now made it significantly harder to ensure that science is taught responsibly in the state’s public schools.”

Once again, this incident proves how far of a step backward we have taken in the climate change debate. We’re now debating whether we can even teach climate change in schools. Let alone, actually doing anything about it in regulation or changing our own habits. Even by the time these students become old enough to do anything about climate change, it will have become to late to act.

The founder of the “climate change” theory, James Hansen turns 70 and is still trying to alarm enough people to change their behavior. He says we’re playing with “loaded dice” when it comes to the environment (NY Times). He also described it as a moral issue on par with slavery (Guardian).

Scientists are looking to penguins and ice caps to find climate change trends (US News & World Report). This article looks at how hard it is to separate pollution problems from climate change (Time). March created a lot of 2012 weather records (Seattle-PI).